University of Colorado Athletic Director Mike Bohn told faculty leaders Thursday that he's working with ESPN and league officials to minimize disruptions that could be caused by a weeknight home football game next season against the University of Southern California.
Faculty members have raised concerns about home football games on weeknights because the traffic and tailgating on the campus make it difficult for students and instructors to get to classes. Also, the noise causes disruptions -- especially in the physics building, which is across the street from Folsom Field.
The Buffs' matchup against USC was originally planned for Nov. 5, a Saturday. But, Bohn said, it's possible the game could be played either that Thursday or Friday night.
Bohn said he understands night games cause disruptions on the campus, and he does his best to negotiate times and dates with television networks when it comes to nationally broadcast games.
"We don't just go, 'Yeah, ESPN, that'll work, we love you,' and hang up the phone," he said.
Friday would be more ideal, he said, because no classes are held on the Boulder campus on those evenings. There are several classes held on Thursday evenings. Other options include a later kickoff and limiting tailgating to certain areas.
In 2008, CU moved a nationally aired home football game against West Virginia from a Saturday to a Thursday.
Boulder Faculty Assembly chairman Joseph Rosse suggested that weeknight games be held on campuses where the stadiums are farther removed from the main campuses.
Kate Belford, a first-year law student at CU, said she's opposed to weeknight games at CU because tailgaters will congest the campus and make parking difficult.
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